hummel
Pronunciation
  • (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈhʌm(ə)l/
Noun

hummel (plural hummels)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, also attributive) A stag that has failed to grow antlers; a cow#Noun|cow that has not developed horn#Noun|horns. [from late 15th c.]
  2. (also attributive) Especially in hummel corn: grain that lacks awns (beards or bristle#Noun|bristles), or has had its awns removed (barley, oats, etc.).
    • [1808, John Jamieson, “Hummel-corn ↗”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: […] In Two Volumes, volume II (L–Z), Edinburgh: Printed at the University Press; for W[illiam] Creech, A[rchibald] Constable & Co., and W[illiam] Blackwood; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, T[homas] Cadell & W. Davies, and H. D. Symonds, OCLC 946611778 ↗:
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Verb

hummel (hummels, present participle hummelling; past and past participle hummelled)

  1. (transitive) Of an animal: to remove#Verb|remove the horn#Noun|horns; to poll#Verb|poll.
  2. (transitive) To separate (barley, oats, etc.) from the awns.
Synonyms
  • (of an animal: to remove the horns) poll



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